John Green is an American author, vlogger, writer, producer, actor and editor.
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1. John Michael Green was born August 24, 1977 in Indianapolis, Indiana.
2. His parents were Mike and Sydney Green.
3. Three weeks after he was born, his family moved to Michigan, then later Birmingham, Alabama, and finally to Orlando, Florida.
4. He attended Lake Highland Preparatory School in Orlando, and Indian Springs School outside of Birmingham, Alabama, the latter of which he later used as the inspiration for the main setting of his first book, Looking for Alaska.
5. Green graduated from Kenyon College in 2000 with a double major in English and Religious studies.
6. He has spoken about being bullied and how it had made life as a teenager miserable for him.
7. After graduating from college, Green spent five months working as a student chaplain at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio while enrolled at the University of Chicago Divinity School (although he never actually attended the school).
8. He intended to become an Episcopal priest, but his experiences of working in a hospital with children suffering from life-threatening illnesses inspired him to become an author, and later to write The Fault in Our Stars.
9. Green lived for several years in Chicago, where he worked for the book review journal Booklist as a publishing assistant and production editor while writing Looking for Alaska.
10. While there, he reviewed hundreds of books, particularly literary fiction and books about Islam or conjoined twins.
11. He has also critiqued books for The New York Times Book Review and created original radio essays for NPR’s All Things Considered and WBEZ, Chicago’s public radio station.
12. Green later lived in New York City for two years while his wife attended graduate school.
13. He won the 2006 Printz Award for his debut novel, Looking for Alaska, and his sixth novel, The Fault in Our Stars, debuted at number one on The New York Times Best Seller list in January 2012.
14. The 2014 film adaptation opened at number one on the box office.
15. In 2014, Green was included in Time magazine’s list of The 100 Most Influential People in the World.
16. Another film based on a Green novel, Paper Towns, was released on July 24, 2015.
17. Aside from being a novelist, Green is also well known for his YouTube ventures.
18. In 2007, he launched the VlogBrothers channel with his brother, Hank Green. Since then, John and Hank have launched events such as Project for Awesome and VidCon and created a total of 11 online series, including Crash Course, an educational channel teaching Literature, History, and Science, later joined by courses in Economics, US Government, Astronomy, Politics, Philosophy, Psychology, Mythology, Sociology, Computer Science, Games, and Film History.
19. Green lives in Indianapolis, Indiana with his wife, Sarah Urist Green, whom he married on May 21, 2006.
20. She worked as the Curator of Contemporary Art at Indianapolis Museum of Art before leaving to start The Art Assignment, a web series with PBS.
21. In videos on the VlogBrothers channel, Sarah Green is referred to as “the Yeti” due to her not appearing visibly on camera.
22. She made an appearance on YouTube in a Google Hangout video chat with President Obama, during which she and her husband asked the President whether they should name their unborn daughter Eleanor or Alice.
23. They have two children, Henry and Alice, as well as a West Highland Terrier named “Willy.”
24. Green has stated that he is an Episcopalian Christian, but mentioned in the tenth episode of his podcast, Dear Hank & John, that he was married in a Catholic church.
25. He has been an advocate for refugees, stating that “for those of you who share my faith, Jesus is awfully unambiguous about the poor, shelterless, and imprisoned”.
26. John is an avid fan of Liverpool F.C. of the Premier League and has publicly discussed English football.
27. As of 2015, John is also a shorts and stand sponsor of English League One club AFC Wimbledon, of whom he is also a keen admirer.
28. John has also stated that he is a casual supporter of his local American side Indy Eleven, and has been to some of their games.
29. Green has obsessive-compulsive disorder and has discussed his struggles with mental illness extensively on YouTube.